DC Daily Puts Nicolas Cage “Superman Lives” Costume on Display

The 1990s never-made movie “Superman Lives” has achieved cult status, with fans fascinated by the story behind the film that was supposed to star Nicolas Cage as the very alien Man of Steel.

In a recent episode of the DC Daily video series, the costume designed for the movie was displayed for the first time outside of the Warner Archives.

(Fast forward 18 minutes, 20 seconds in to the video to see the unveiling)

While the DC Daily video does state it’s from the movie mentioned above, it’s actually more likely this is from the JJ Abrams “Flyby” version of the failed attempt to make a Superman movie.

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Some of the test suits I’ve seen look decent in the rubber 90s look kind of way (why was that a thing again?) but others… Not so much.

Spidey2878
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I think it needs more colors to balance out the blue.

MattComics
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(why was that a thing again?)

Batman ’89. Though the idea was supposed to be body armor but then it degenerated to the point where by Batman Forever the characters in the fiction were calling the suits rubber. Which is kind of like having Han Solo refer to the Falcon as a model.

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It has a plastic tone to it. Might be because of how bright the colors are. On the main page, if you scroll down to Henry standing their and compare his suit, it has some of the same exterior tones except it’s darker. MAYBE….that’s why ZackS stuck with the darker shade. Had it been that bright, might have come across as a bit cartoony.

JasEl
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it has a “plastic tone” to it because it’s made of rubber and plastic. Color has nothing to do with it. The Batman suits had the same look and they were black.

redcape
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redcape

When did Batman’s suit ever have a glossy plastic look to it??

Randall
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Randall

Every Batman movie…ever?

Clark_Jo
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Clark_Jo

Pretty sure that is the Flyby suit and they don’t know what they are talking about.
If you’ve seen the pictures and the documentary by John Schnepp, you can see that’s not the Lives suit.

Spidey2878
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Is this the same suit that both Routh and Cavill wore for a screen test for the never made Superman movie?

Clark_Jo
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Clark_Jo

That’s the one.

redcape
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redcape

I don’t know Spidey. I believe that Cavil did wear the suit that ChrisR used. Although BrandonR might have.

Clark_Jo
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He wore the Reeves suit for Man of Steel, but wore the Flyby suit for a screen test in 2004 as reported by Steve on 12 December 2013’s Speeding Bulletin.

Spidey2878
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I found a link on google of those images. Amazing how even though both actors tried out for Superman for a movie that wasn’t made, they both still ended up playing Superman in different films.

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

I kinda like this Superman suit design. It’s a shame that we will never see it on screen.

Spidey2878
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Spidey2878

If only there were more photos and some video footage of these images. That way, we’d have a better idea of what this suit looked like as a whole. From this image, I can’t tell if Routh’s suit had the red trunks or just a red belt. It looks a like a muscle suit.

Spidey2878
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Looking at this suit, if they were to bring in Routh’s Superman into the CW shows, I’d say that this suit could work well for Routh’s Superman.

Spidey2878
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Happy Friday! Thumbs up to everyone!!! Stay Super fellow Superman fans!

Hollywood
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Kind of looks reminiscent of the armored look everyone starting taking during Image Comics’ boom.

redcape
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Yes it does. If fact the material(Cavill’s as well)look so “armored” and almost heavy that it would seem impossible to wear normal clothes on top of them.